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Talk to me about Verhan Odyssey

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  • Talk to me about Verhan Odyssey

    Does anyone ride in one of these? My horse has a slightly curved and wide back. Can you guys post a picture of your horse that rides in a Verhan Odyssey? Thanks a ton in advance!!

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    I do!!

    Not the best picture, but you get the idea. He is more medium-medium/wide, than wide, hollows behind the withers. The wider channel worked better for him, as did the panel configuration. Love, love this saddle.

    "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy


    • #3
      Very deep seat so adjust seat size accordingly. I find the saddle to be very well made. Are they still being manufactured?


      • #4
        tempi2007 - I believe Verhan is now Trustin - same maker (Bernardo Vergara), same quality. I believe there was some kind of legal dispute that prompted the name change.

        "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy


        • #5
          I have used Verhan for many years, having Bernardo fit and adjust for me every time. Right now I have three horses requiring a wide tree, a KWPN with low withers, a Hanoverian with high withers, and a Friesian who is very short in the back with reasonable withers but a very high set neck. I also have Trustins on a narrow TB, 2 narrow KWPNs and a medium on a DWB. The "new" Verhan is Trustin. Bernardo continues to improve the saddles with more shoulder relief and increased comfort for the rider. The difference for my "lady parts" is quite remarkable in the Trustin. If you can get Bernardo to fit for you, he is the best!


          • #6
            I have this saddle model too. Love love it. My horse has a dropped back and huge shoulders that tend to push saddles around. This one does not move which is great. He is a medium or medium/wide. I have one of their jumping saddles for him too.
            Ignore the barn. We had just moved and it was a mess!



            • #7
              Tiger Horse: Do you know how to contact them to buy a trustin sadde? I tried looking it up and got no results.


              • #8
                This is Bernardo's shop in Ocala

                Saddle Fitting Appointments:
                Bernardo Vergara
                (352) 615-1342


                • #9
                  I have a Verhan Iliad on my IR Morgan cross, who also has a dropped back and had to build topline from 0 after over a year off. He also has big shoulders and builds fat pockets behind the shoulders when he gains weight. Don't have a photo at hand, but I'll see if I can find one.
                  The saddle works well and seems to be comfortable for both of us. We had it re-flocked once by a Schleese fitter.


                  • #10
                    Thanks for everyone's response! Here's a picture of my boy:

                    He's hollow behind the shoulder and slopy along his back. His back is not that curvy though.
                    I'm located in VA so definitely not gonna be able to have Bernardo come out to fit him. Any chance this might work?


                    • #11
                      Thanks for everyone's response! Here's a picture of my boy:

                      He's hollow behind the shoulder and slopy along his back. His back is not that curvy though.
                      I'm located in VA so definitely not gonna be able to have Bernardo come out to fit him. Any chance this might work?


                      • #12
                        It might. It seems to be a acceptable fit for everything I have put it on because of the shoulder cutouts. However your guy looks like his shoulder is lower and not as muscley as the other horses pictured. This means that there will be an area in the saddle on the sides that doesn't touch him. This could cause the saddle to tip forward or not make your horse very pleased. This saddle tends to fit QH/stock types and warmbloods well. Your guy looks more TBish and I can tell you it doesn't fit my OTTB.
                        It's hard to tell from a side pic though. A wither tracing would be much easier to read.


                        • #13
                          Thanks nashgirl!
                          Just another note, tiger horses photo really shows how much shoulder her horse has. That's how mine is too and what this saddle is designed for. If your horse looks like that then this saddle might be a good fit.


                          • #14
                            Ahh good eye. He's actually an appendix but built more like TB;
                            His wither is not that big but he does have a hollow behind the shoulder. Here's another picture:

                            Is it usually possible to prop it up a bit with a Mattes pad maybe?


                            • #15
                              Bernardo is very helpful. I encourage you to contact him, he will help you.


                              • #16
                                ebott - my trainer is a Verhan fitter and she highly recommends the ECP saddle pads with the shim pockets - really helps with those hollows behind the withers. As my guy has developed, we've been able to remove a shim. But, I would call Bernardo as nashgirl suggested, I'm sure he can help you!

                                "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy